A number of gay and lesbian couples popped the question within hours of the time the legislature acted.
Chicago’s wedding industry is gearing up for a flood of gay couples, now that Illinois is legalizing same-sex marriages.
A historic vote Tuesday in the Illinois House positioned that state to become the largest in the heartland to legalize gay marriage, following months of arduous lobbying efforts by both sides in President Barack Obama’s home state.
With same-sex marriage appearing closer to reality in Illinois, African-American religious leaders are ramping up their campaign to defeat the measure in Springfield, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.
The group is largely nonpartisan officials from Kane, DuPage, DeKalb and Kendall counties.
Gay rights activists seeking the right to marry staged a protest and rally outside of a north side office of state representative Greg Harris. WBBM’s Bob Roberts was there.
Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s not discouraged that lawmakers came away from two days of their fall veto session without tackling any of the major issues on their agenda.
Opponents of legislation to legalize gay marriage in Illinois rallied Wednesday outside the state Capitol, one day after thousands held their own event to urge lawmakers to approve it.
In Springfield today, the beginning of the fall veto session, saw state lawmakers far outnumbered by those lobbying in support of one key issue before the legislature: marriage equality.
Supporters of gay marriage in Illinois say now is the time for lawmakers to give it the okay, and headed to Springfield by the busload on Tuesday to deliver their message, but it remained unclear if there were enough votes in the House to send same-sex marriage legislation to the governor.
Going into tomorrow’s veto session, the votes are split with at least part of the balance of power in the Black Caucus, which powerful ministers are trying to influence with their public statements and paid commercials.
Proposed legislation to legalize same-sex marriages in Illinois passed the state Senate in February, but has stalled in the House.
Gay and lesbian couples fighting for the right to get marriage licenses hailed the ruling as another step toward marriage equality in their home state.
The mayor of Minneapolis is making no bones about it, he wants same-sex couples to come to Minnesota to spend big bucks on weddings, since they can’t get married yet in Illinois.
Former Illinois GOP Chair Pat Brady, who was pushed out by party conservatives because of his vocal support for same-sex marriage, is writing his next chapter by tackling the same issue.
The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago has been offering faux weddings for anyone who wants to stop by their tent at Halsted Street and Belmont Avenue, and get fake-hitched.
They’re fighting over whether the church is unfairly cutting off funds to immigrant groups because a coalition they belong to disagrees with the church on same-sex marriage. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
Accused of using immigrants as “pawns in a political battle” over same-sex marriage, Cardinal Francis George defended the decision to halt Catholic Church funding for immigrant rights groups that support gay marriage.
Attorneys representing more than two dozen same-sex couples say they plan to ask a Cook County judge for a quick ruling in favor of gay marriage in Illinois.
As the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and opened the door for California to resume same-sex marriages, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) called on the state legislature to “get its act together” and approve gay marriage in Illinois.